Advancing Community Health and Well-Being — A Greater Role for Parks and Recreation in 2021
By Allison Colman | Posted on December 29, 2020
In 2021, park and recreation professionals should focus efforts in these areas as we recover from the pandemic and other challenges, so we can ensure all people can thrive.
2020 Reflections and Looking Ahead to 2021 — Episode 081
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 29, 2020
On our final episode of Open Space Radio of the year, we’re looking back at some of the conversations we’ve had on the podcast, discussing the lessons we’ve learned, and looking ahead at some of our hopes and goals for 2021.
Maximizing Meal Distribution During the Holidays and COVID-19
By Maureen Neumann | Posted on December 23, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has extended all child nutrition COVID-19 waivers through the 2020-2021 school year, set to expire June 30, 2021. While these waivers are beneficial to meal programs, there are some additional practices that can help maximize meal service.
Emerging Trends in Parks and Recreation — January Bonus Episode
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 17, 2020
On the January bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re replaying the full session of our “Emerging Trends in Parks and Recreation” Coffee Talk from the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual) this past October.
How Farmers Markets Benefit the Whole Community — Episode 80
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 15, 2020
On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we're discussing how the farmers markets are helping farmers earn fair prices for the fruits of their labor, increasing access to fresh, local produce for consumers, and helping communities regain a figurative “town square.”
How to Make Your Outdoor Gyms Appealing to Everyone
By Allison Abel | Posted on December 14, 2020
Outdoor gyms are unique in their ability to promote activity in parks in such a way that appeals to a wide variety of demographics. What do they hold for the often-passive park visitors, and how can we design them to get the highest return on our investment on the space?
Expanding Recreational Opportunities to Underinvested Communities
By Eduardo Tamez Zamarripa | Posted on December 7, 2020
This past October, the newly formed Black Players for Change — comprised of more than 170 MLS players, coaches and staff — announced a new endeavor to remove systemic barriers to the sport of soccer for Black youth.
Two New Resources to Support Park and Recreation Professionals in the Fight Against Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders
By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on December 4, 2020
NRPA is proud to announce the release of two new resources addressing stigma and prevention efforts related to substance use and mental health disorders.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: Special Edition December Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on December 4, 2020
In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we learned that 7 in 10 park and recreation leaders envision their agency supporting post-pandemic community mental health and well-being in some way.
COVID-19: Remaining Vigilant this Winter
By Allison Colman (she/her) | Posted on December 2, 2020
The promising news of an effective coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine these past few weeks has been encouraging to all, but with the unsettling rise in COVID-19 cases recently, it is important that we remain vigilant.
Reflection and the Path Forward: Highlights from My First NRPA Annual Conference
By Tiff Cunin (they/them) | Posted on December 2, 2020
Tiff Cunin, NRPA's senior program manager for health, reflects on what they learned at their very first NRPA Annual Conference.
5 Tips for Submitting a Successful Session Proposal
By Kelly Moffett | Posted on December 1, 2020
NRPA is now accepting proposals for the 2021 NRPA Annual Conference in Nashville, TN, September 21-23, 2021. To help you with your proposal, here are five tips for submitting a successful education session proposal.
How Every Kid Outdoors is Increasing Access to Parks — Episode 079
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on December 1, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Jayni Rasmussen, the senior campaign representative for the Outdoors Alliance for Kids and Youth, or OAK, to talk about the Every Kid Outdoors park pass program.
The Tiny Survival Guide for This Holiday Season
By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on November 23, 2020
In her presentation at NRPA Virtual, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky shared this Tiny Survival Guide from the Trauma Stewardship Institute — a tool outlining 15 strategies to help people manage the effects of trauma, including anxiety, exhaustion, anger, apathy and other emotions.
How Biodiversity Creates Healthy Communities – December Bonus Episode
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on November 19, 2020
On this month's bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into one of the feature stories from the December issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, titled, “Biodiversity Lays the Pathway to Good Health.”
Staging a New ACT
By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on November 18, 2020
This blog post was inspired by an angry voicemail that Tim Herd, CPRE, CEO of the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, received in response to his organization sending out notices about diversity webinars.
Community Healing in the Wake of Trauma — Episode 078
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on November 17, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're replaying one of our Coffee Talk sessions from NRPA Virtual, when we talked with Allison Colman, NRPA director of health, and Mercy Santoro, deputy director of Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, about the importance of community healing in the wake of trauma.
NRPA Virtual From a Student's Perspective
By Amanda D’Agostino | Posted on November 12, 2020
Amanda D’Agostino is a student at Indiana University studying parks and recreation, and NRPA Virtual was her very first NRPA Annual Conference experience. This is what she learned.
Giving Thanks in the Midst of a Pandemic
By Clement Lau, AICP, DPPD | Posted on November 10, 2020
2020 has been a challenging year in so many ways, but Clement Lau believes it's good for his soul to reflect upon what he's thankful for - this is his gratitude list.
Promoting National Take a Hike Day with #HikeYourTurf
By Rachel Banner | Posted on November 3, 2020
For every social media post using the hashtag #HikeYourTurf by November 17, 2020, Merrell will donate $1 to NRPA to ensure that everyone has access to a great hike!
How to Make Your Voice Heard on Election Day and Beyond — Episode 077
By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on November 3, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by NRPA’s Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy Elvis Cordova and NRPA’s Senior Government Affairs Manager Kyle Simpson, to talk about some of NRPA’s key legislative priorities, how you can get involved in our advocacy efforts, and you guessed it — the importance of voting!
Park and Rec Planning in a New Era with David Barth — November Bonus Episode
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 29, 2020
On this month's bonus episode of the podcast, we’re diving deeper into one of the feature stories from the November issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, titled, “A New Approach to Parks and Recreation System Planning," with David Barth, principal of Barth Associates.
Senior Centers and The Big Question: Do We Open or Remain Closed?
By Colleen Pittard and Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on October 21, 2020
Here are some tips and recommendations for how you might start to navigate this big question as you try to meet the needs and demands of the older adult population you serve, as well as ensure you are adhering to public health guidelines and doing your part to keep those you serve safe.
How to Center Equity in All That We Do — Episode 076
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 20, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by NRPA's Vice President of Education and Chief Equity Officer, Autumn Saxton-Ross, to learn more about her vision for NRPA and the field of parks and recreation when it comes to centering equity in all that we do.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: Special Edition October Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on October 16, 2020
In this Parks Snapshot survey, we learned that many park and recreation agencies are offering full or truncated offerings of their fall and winter programs.
The Importance of Physical Activity During a Global Pandemic
By The BOKS Team | Posted on October 8, 2020
BOKS is a free physical activity program designed to reverse this health crisis by getting kids active and establishing a lifelong commitment to health and fitness.
This Year’s Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz Was a Success!
By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on October 7, 2020
Like so many activities forced to adapt this year due to the pandemic, the NRPA Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz, which was planned to run in June for Pollinator Month, was rescheduled for September to ensure agencies and their communities could participate safely.
Wildfire Implications for Conservation, Equity and Health
By Cindy Mendoza | Posted on October 6, 2020
The wildfires in the western part of the U.S. and the conditions caused by their blazes pose a major threat to park spaces and recreation facilities, as well as raised questions about how natural disasters like these impact health and wellness, equity and conservation.
How Action Sports Can Build More Equitable Communities — Episode 075
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on October 6, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Selema Masekela, best known for his work on the ESPN X Games, to talk about how sports like skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing are great outlets for physical activity, as well as tools for social connection and fostering creativity and self-expression.
Why Conversations About Racial Equity Matter for Parks and Recreation — October Bonus Episode
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 24, 2020
On this month's bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're having a conversation about racial equity with Glenn Harris, president of Race Forward and keynote speaker for the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience (NRPA Virtual).
Join Us for the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training
By Rebecca Rehr | Posted on September 23, 2020
NRPA is partnering with Climate for Health to offer park and recreation professionals the Climate for Health Ambassadors Training to better understand the links between climate and health, the spectrum of climate solutions, how to speak to others effectively on the topic of climate change, and opportunities to act and advocate.
The Great American Outdoors Act is Law, Part II — Episode 074
By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on September 22, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio — part two of our Great American Outdoors Act coverage — we talk with Senator Martin Heinrich (New Mexico) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania), two of our Congressional champions who helped pass this historic legislation.
Prioritizing Public Health Under Growing Public Pressure
By Allison Colman | Posted on September 15, 2020
Despite drastic numbers and warnings grounded in science and data, we recognize that park and recreation professionals are facing mounting public pressure to “get back to normal” and are continuing to face difficult decisions on a daily basis.
Parks and Recreation Feels the Impact of Wildfires Ravaging the West
By Cort Jones | Posted on September 11, 2020
Our hearts are with everyone who is currently impacted by some of the worst wildfires in history that continue to burn uncontained in Oregon, California, Washington and many other states in the western part of the country. Here are some ways you can help right now.
Parks After Dark in Motion: Meeting Community Needs in the Midst of a Pandemic
By Clement Lau, AICP, DPPD | Posted on September 9, 2020
Due to COVID-19, the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is unable to offer its highly popular, award-winning Parks After Dark (PAD) program this year, but it has initiated the PAD in Motion program, in which it closes off park-adjacent streets for community members to safely walk and ride.
The Great American Outdoors Act Is Law, Part I — Episode 073
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on September 8, 2020
In part one of our Great American Outdoors Act double-header episodes of Open Space Radio, we're talking with Allegra “Happy” Haynes, the executive director of parks and recreation for the City and County of Denver, about what full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund means for her community and the country.
Lights, Camera, Action…Coronavirus, Revisited
By Jason Lang, MS, CPRE | Posted on September 2, 2020
August 17 came and the curtain went up; the 2020 SE Pennsylvania Teen Filmmakers Showcase was underway — and was successful even in the face of a pandemic.
Restoring an Urban Prairie
By Betty Blockinger and Rosalie Hendon | Posted on August 26, 2020
The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in Ohio received a $20,000 Parks for Pollinators grant through NRPA and The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation, which has funded the restoration of the Whetstone Prairie, as well as helped provide education on pollinators for local children and families.
Access to Reliable, Quality Meals Is More Essential Than Ever
By Maureen Neumann | Posted on August 26, 2020
As we move into the 2020-2021 school year, our professionals and partner organizations who have stepped up to serve meals during COVID-19, and our families that have benefited from these quick actions, are facing their next challenge.
Celebrating Three Years of Open Space Radio — Episode 072
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 25, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re celebrating our birthday! We started Open Space Radio a little over three years ago, and while many of you may have heard us talk about the early days of finding our podcasting groove, we like to invite you — our listeners — in every once in a while to reflect back on some of our favorite Open Space Radio moments.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: August 19-21 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on August 21, 2020
In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we learned that staff at four in five park and recreation agencies are leading park activation activities — like small group naturalist programs, virtual learning centers and drive-in movies — to promote park and open space usage.
How to Embrace Change and Lead During Challenging Times — September Bonus Episode
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 20, 2020
On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re talking with Roslyn Johnson, director of Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, about the challenges of starting a new role with a new department just before COVID-19, supporting her community during tough times and the ongoing need for true equity in parks.
Last Year’s BioBlitz Prize Being Put to Good Use in Garner, North Carolina
By Katie Lockhart, CPRP | Posted on August 12, 2020
Winning the 2019 Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz grand prize was a significant boost to the budget for Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, and having those funds earmarked for pollinator-specific projects was a game-changer.
How to Host a BioBlitz — Virtually!
By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on August 11, 2020
A virtual BioBlitz is a great way to engage your community in an activity that is educational, fun and provides a community benefit!
How a BioBlitz Can Help Your Conservation Efforts — Episode 071
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on August 11, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're talking with the creator of the BioBlitz and Wildlife Biologist for Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, Sam Droege, as well as Brett Johnson, an Urban Biologist for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, about how a BioBlitz event can help educate your community and inform staff who manage parks and public lands.
How to Onboard New Employees and Volunteers Amid COVID-19
By Background Investigation Bureau | Posted on August 10, 2020
With all the changes and uncertainty due to COVID-19, as well as necessary restrictions that limit you from meeting in person, here are some tips and solutions to help you safely onboard new employees and volunteers moving forward.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: August 5-7 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on August 7, 2020
In the latest Parks Snapshot, we learn that three in five park and recreation agencies are making plans to support students this fall, whether through expanded childcare offerings or by offering resources to support education efforts.
Advancing Policies for Green Infrastructure in Parks
By Kyle Simpson | Posted on August 7, 2020
In order to better support the park and recreation profession to advocate for and receive necessary investments, NRPA has identified green infrastructure and how it can be supported and implemented in local parks as a top legislative priority.
Planning for the Next Normal in Out-of-School Time Programs
By Maureen Neumann | Posted on August 6, 2020
This new action guide from Kaiser Permanente provides guidance on the challenges faced during COVID-19, recommendations for addressing each challenge, and action items for moving ahead.
An Epidemic: How Parks and Recreation Can Play a Role in Addressing Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders
By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on August 6, 2020
Serving as providers of and connection points to public health services, parks and recreation plays a vital role in the ongoing opioid and substance use epidemic. We're proud to announce the release of Parks and Recreation: A Comprehensive Response to the Substance Use Crisis.
Parks as Community Nutrition Hubs: Expanding Access to Healthy Foods
By Maureen Neumann | Posted on August 4, 2020
With support from the Walmart Foundation, NRPA is working to support local park and recreation agencies in their efforts to serve as community nutrition hubs. But what is a community nutrition hub?
One Year Later, Pollinator BioBlitz at Heron Pond/Heller/Carpio-Sanguinette Park in Denver
By Gretchen Wilson, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP; Louise Bordelon; and Cinceré Eades | Posted on August 4, 2020
It has been one year since the City and County of Denver, Colorado, along with Dig Studio, Wilson & Company, Biohabitats and The Butterfly Pavilion hosted our Pollinator BioBlitz at the Heron Pond/Heller/Carpio-Sanguinette Park.
3 Easy Ways to Get Kids to Keep a 6-Foot Distance
By Meghan Fitzgerald | Posted on July 30, 2020
Tinkergarten has designed easy ways to teach kids — from babies to elementary schoolers — how to physically distance effectively through a child-development lens and in a way they can understand and implement
Evaluating Your Progress in the Time of COVID-19
By Lauren Redmore | Posted on July 30, 2020
To reduce unwanted contact with community members during COVID-19 and ensure safety comes first, NRPA’s evaluation team has compiled some ideas for low-risk evaluation and assessment activities that can help agencies in their efforts to continue to serve constituents across the country.
Looking Forward: NRPA’s Strategic Plan with Kristine Stratton — Episode 070
By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on July 28, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re speaking with NRPA President and CEO Kristine Stratton about what NRPA wants to achieve in the months and years ahead and how we’re going to get there.
Park and Recreation Industry Partners Step Up During COVID-19
By Michelle Dellner | Posted on July 27, 2020
The park and recreation community as a whole is filled with committed, generous and caring people, so it’s no surprise that many NRPA advertising partners have also answered the call to step out of the normal scope of their work and lend a hand to their local communities during COVID-19.
COVID Courts: Documenting the Impact of the Pandemic on Recreation Spaces
By Jordan Henson | Posted on July 24, 2020
As a recreation professional and hobbyist photographer, Jordan Henson of Montgomery County Recreation used the time when many of the rims on basketball hoops at his local courts had been removed as an opportunity for work and play.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: July 22-24 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on July 24, 2020
In the latest NRPA Parks Snapshot, we found that three in four park and recreation agencies report receiving additional funding from a variety of sources to support their response to the pandemic and mitigate the impact of budget cuts and revenue shortfalls.
Celebrating Latino Conservation Week 2020
By Jessica Godinez | Posted on July 24, 2020
Latino Conservation Week began in 2014 as an initiative of Hispanic Access Foundation to support the Latino community getting outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources.
Building Better Communities Through Water and Nature-Based Play — August Bonus Episode
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on July 23, 2020
On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we're diving deeper into one of the features of the August issue of Parks & Recreation magazine, "Restoring Nature's Playground."
Happy Birthday, Ada! How Parks and Recreation Is Celebrating Access and Inclusion and the Americans with Disabilities Act
By John McGovern | Posted on July 23, 2020
In a way, this most unusual summer is the 30th birthday of the ADA. So how are park and recreation agencies celebrating this aspect of diversity?
Parks Aren’t Public Unless Black Kids Belong
By Sianna Simmons-Afari | Posted on July 23, 2020
Reckoning with racial exclusion in parks and spaces for play.
Women’s Roller Derby Has a COVID-19 Plan. It Is Awesome.
By Allison Colman | Posted on July 20, 2020
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), led by an international team of public health professionals including Bubble Wrath, Trauma, BG Smack (derby names) and others, has put together one of the most comprehensive return-to-play plans in sports.
July Is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on July 16, 2020
As park and recreation leaders and community members, it’s vital to recognize and acknowledge inequities and work towards advancing access to mental health care and positive mental health outcomes for all.
Pollinator BioBlitz in 2019 Informs Future Plans for Atwood Dam
By Grace Trimble | Posted on July 16, 2020
Last year during NRPA’s Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz, Grace Trimble hosted a BioBlitz at a newly established pollinator habitat at Atwood Dam in Mineral City, Ohio.
Park Specialist Saves Dog’s Life
By Jodie Delsere | Posted on July 15, 2020
Thanks to John Phelps, a park specialist for Willamalane Park and Recreation District, Harley the dog will live to play another day.
New Resource Available to Help Park and Recreation Professionals Diversify Funding Streams
By Allison Colman | Posted on July 15, 2020
As we continue to analyze the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on park and recreation agency budgets across the nation, one thing has become increasingly clear — the need to diversify sources of revenue and financial support has never been greater.
Breaking Down Barriers with Abundant Life Adventure Club — Episode 069
By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on July 14, 2020
On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we’re thrilled to be joined by Dr. Kim and Claude Walker — the founders of the Nashville-based Abundant Life Adventure Club.
Re-Opening: The Big Picture and Practical Realities for Afterschool
By Ursula Helminski | Posted on July 10, 2020
This year, out-of-school time programs will be relied on more than ever to support continued learning, build social connections, provide nutritious snacks and meals, get kids moving, and address the trauma and mental health challenges from COVID-19.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: July 8-10 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on July 10, 2020
In the latest Parks Snapshot, we look at how park and recreation agencies are ensuring their indoor facilities are safe for visitors and staff, as well as what plans are in place in the event of a positive case of COVID-19 at programs and facilities or among staff.
It Will Take Community to Design Safe, Equitable Parks
By Colby Takeda | Posted on July 9, 2020
As cities re-open or expand pedestrian space for the long haul, we have a chance to rethink public park design.
Greener Parks for Health: Ensuring Equitable Access to Inclusive and Resilient Green Spaces
By Karl Schrass | Posted on July 9, 2020
This Park and Recreation Month, as we celebrate the essential work park and recreation professionals do to help create communities that are vibrant, healthy and strong, we should also look to the future and ask ourselves, “What changes should be made in order for our society to be more equitable and just?”
Staying at Home, Staying Engaged: Connecting Young and Old When We Can’t Be Together
By Emily Patrick | Posted on July 8, 2020
In a time of physical distancing and stay-at-home orders, when social isolation is a grave reality for so many, communities are faced with the pressing challenge of building cross-age connections from afar.
New Signage Tools Available to Support Safe Playground Use
By Allison Colman | Posted on July 7, 2020
In collaboration with local public health and government officials, and with new playground reopening guidance available from KABOOM! and NRPA, agencies are reopening thoughtfully and with additional safety measures in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.
Communication with Stakeholders and the Public About Recreational Fields
By James Bergdoll, CSFM; Michael Goatley, Ph.D; Pamela Sherratt; and Sports Turf Managers Association | Posted on July 2, 2020
The demand for using sports fields and recreational areas, in general, will soon grow exponentially as the phases of re-opening the country progress. Here's how you can communicate your plan for field maintenance practices to both your organization’s leadership as well as the end-user.
Mindfulness, Gratitude and Self-Affirmation: A Park and Recreation Month Activity
By Daniel W. Hatcher, MPH | Posted on June 30, 2020
If you're a park and recreation professional, you have probably spent your spring delivering meals, handing out personal protective equipment and making calls of support to older adults in your community. This article gives you a few minutes to slow down, take a deep breath and celebrate your unique skills, talents and impact.
How Are You Safely and Creatively Engaging Your Community This Summer? — Episode 068
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on June 30, 2020
On the latest episode of Open Space Radio, we hear from some of our Instagram followers to learn about some of the creative ways park and recreation professionals are safely engaging the people they serve.
Who You Gonna Call? Parks and Rec!
By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on June 26, 2020
Tim Herd, CPRE, CEO of Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, provides a fresh perspective on funding recreation and parks as an indispensable service in a post-pandemic recovery.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: June 24-26 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on June 26, 2020
In the latest Parks Snapshot, we learned that 63 percent of park and recreation agencies are requiring participants to sign legal waivers that acknowledge the potential risks associated with COVID-19.
How We’re Celebrating YOU This July — July Bonus Episode
By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on June 25, 2020
The July issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on today’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into the cover story, “Celebrating YOU This July” and talking all things Park and Recreation Month.
Supporting People With Dementia and Their Care Partners to Live Well in the Community
By Meredith Hanley | Posted on June 25, 2020
Nearly six million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, and all sectors, including parks and recreation, play a critical role in supporting people who are impacted by dementia
Field Maintenance Recovery Practices
By James Bergdoll, CSFM; Thomas, Ph.D.; Grady Miller, Ph.D.; Nick Christians, Ph.D.; and Sports Turf Managers Association | Posted on June 22, 2020
There are many challenges that maintenance staff may encounter with fields that have not been maintained due to COVID-19. Here's how staff can navigate those challenges.
Solarization: An Easy, Organic and Effective Way to Prepare a Pollinator Habitat
By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on June 19, 2020
One of the more difficult tasks in creating high-quality pollinator habitat is preparing the land for planting, but there is one method that is completely organic, works great, is simple to do and can be done largely with volunteers: solarization.
The LWCF Vote in the U.S. Senate Is a REALLY Big Deal
By James E. Headley, CPRP | Posted on June 19, 2020
A monumental vote was taken in the U.S. Senate on June 17, 2020. By a vote of 73 -25, the U.S. Senate voted to permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conversation Fund (LWCF).
Tips for Virtual Engagement
By Lauren Baldwin | Posted on June 17, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted park and recreation agencies' ability to reach new audiences, but this Great Urban Parks Campaign grantee shares tips that have helped them virtually educate their community about the benefits of green infrastructure.
Addressing the Stigma Associated with Substance Use Disorder — Episode 067
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on June 16, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Pattie Roberts, deputy director of City of Port St. Lucie Parks & Recreation Department, who shares about losing her son to a heroin overdose and how it pushed her to speak up about the stigma of substance use disorder in her community.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: June 10-12 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on June 12, 2020
In the two weeks since the previous Parks Snapshot, we have seen an increased number of park and recreation professionals opening more amenities to the public.
Health and Safety for Sports Field Maintenance Professionals
By James Bergdoll, CSFM | Posted on June 12, 2020
When the country was beginning to shut down due to COVID-19, the Sports Turf Managers Association went to work to help guide not just its members, but anyone tasked with athletic field maintenance through the pandemic.
This Pride Month Is Different
By Allison Colman | Posted on June 3, 2020
This June, let us honor the continued journey to LGBTQ+ equality while we also confront the reality of institutionalized racism. One way we can do that is to take time to pause, listen and practice empathy.
Podcast Blackout — Black Lives Matter
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on June 3, 2020
As part of the #podcastblackout, we stand firmly with all who seek justice and reform for senseless acts of racism and violence and are using our platform to protest the tragic killing of Black people and people of color across the country.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 27-29 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 29, 2020
In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we explored the increased usage of parks and trails compared to this time last year.
May 27 Is Thank A Hunger Hero Day
By Maureen Neumann | Posted on May 26, 2020
Across the country, park and recreation professionals have stepped in to ensure that in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids and families are able to still receive healthy, free meals - thank them today!
NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 20-22 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 22, 2020
In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we looked at the status of a few additional facility types: recreation centers, senior centers and indoor gyms.
CDC Offers Guidance on Summer Youth Programs During COVID-19
By Maureen Neumann and Lauren Kiefert | Posted on May 21, 2020
While the decision regarding summer youth programs is an agency by agency decision and should be made in collaboration with local health officials to ensure state and local guidelines are followed, CDC has provided guidance to help make an informed choice.
Staying Socially Connected While Physical Distancing: Parks and Recreation Continues to Make its Mark on Older Adults
By Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on May 21, 2020
May is Older Americans Month, and there have been so many great stories showcasing the great ways park and recreation senior services staff have been continuing to make their mark on older adults in communities across the country, even during a pandemic.
Supporting People Experiencing Homelessness in L.A. During COVID-19 — June Bonus Episode
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on May 21, 2020
On this month’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with AP Diaz, Executive Officer & Chief of Staff at L.A. City Department of Recreation and Parks, about how he and his staff are supporting people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why We’re Celebrating Park and Recreation Professionals This July — Episode 066
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on May 19, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Tim Herd, CEO of the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society, to talk about two very important upcoming celebrations: Park and Recreation Professionals Day and Park and Recreation Month.
Virtual Interviewing and Onboarding Best Practices
By Hayley Herzing | Posted on May 18, 2020
If you have never hired an employee virtually, interviewing and onboarding may be a new challenge to tackle - here are some helpful tips.
Introducing the Greener Parks for Health Webinar Series
By Jenny Cox | Posted on May 18, 2020
NRPA is equipping park and recreation professionals with the tools and knowledge to advocate for and institutionalize green infrastructure in park systems to address climate impacts, improve community well-being and advance equitable outcomes for all.
Child Meal Waivers Extended Through Summer
By Maureen Neumann | Posted on May 15, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has extended three nationwide waivers from their original expiration date of May 31 to a new date of August 31, 2020.
Older Americans Month: Volunteer for 60+ Activity Center in Oregon Advocates for Seniors
By Jennifer Fulcher-Nguyen | Posted on May 15, 2020
Bryn McCornack’s involvement at the Newport Parks and Recreation Department’s 60+ Activity Center in Oregon has evolved from class participant to volunteer to advocate.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 13-15 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 15, 2020
In this week's Parks Snapshot survey we saw a large increase in the number of park and recreation agencies that have made decisions regarding their swimming pools.
New COVID-19 Research Supports Time Spent Outdoors – How Will This Influence Local Parks and Recreation?
By Allison Colman | Posted on May 14, 2020
This research is pointing to some good news for parks and recreation, while also providing an opportunity for strengthening our advocacy efforts and assessing future implications and plans.
Triage, Transition, Transformation
By Jane H. Adams | Posted on May 14, 2020
These three words have stuck with Jane H. Adams, the executive director of the American Academy for Park & Recreation Administration, as she believes they can provide a framework as we navigate this world in the midst of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Honoring National Water Safety Month in New Ways
By Aleatha Ezra | Posted on May 14, 2020
This year, we are going to need to think a little differently about how we can help people become more "water aware" during National Water Safety Month.
Park and Recreation Professionals Are Essential — and We Have Permission to Dream
By J.J. Lillibridge | Posted on May 13, 2020
On Monday, March 16, J.J. Lillibridge went into work at the Georgetown Recreation Center to find what is usually a packed parking lot with only 8-10 cars. When Tuesday rolled around, he was deemed an essential employee.
How Parks and Recreation Can Create Safer Swimmers
By Cesar Valdes | Posted on May 13, 2020
As the impacts of COVID-19 are slowly making their way into aquatics, we need to look for different ways to keep our communities safe in and out of the water.
Finding Your Unicorns
By Jason Elissalde | Posted on May 12, 2020
Your “perfect” employee is not as mythical as you might believe. Here are five easy tricks to find them.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: May 6-8 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 8, 2020
In this week's Parks Snapshot survey, we take a look at some of the most common expense cutting measures, including hiring freezes and reducing discretionary purchases of supplies and outside services.
Lights, Camera, Action…Coronavirus?
By Jason Lang | Posted on May 7, 2020
The East Goshen Township (PA) Department of Parks and Recreation's "SE Pennsylvania Teen Filmmakers Showcase" was planned and ready for another successful year. Learn how they quickly changed plans to offer an opportunity for teens in the community to get creative while staying at home due to COVID-19.
Older Americans Month: Recreation Coordinator Considers Senior Center Patrons Her Family
By Jennifer Fulcher-Nguyen | Posted on May 7, 2020
Even though Price Rotary Senior Center had to shut down to keep older adults safe during the COVID–19 pandemic, Lynn Hoy continues to keep in touch with those who come to her center.
Alternative Methods for Pain Management
By Maureen Acquino and Lauren Kiefert | Posted on May 6, 2020
In the final part of our Substance Use in Parks in Recreation blog series, we explore alternative pain management options and how park and recreation professionals can help.
Parks and Recreation’s Next Generation — Episode 065
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on May 5, 2020
On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by Mary Elise Conzelmann and Sean Fitzpatrick, two inspiring students who are pursuing their degrees in fields related to parks and recreation and will be graduating this year.
Parks and Recreation and Libraries Working Together During the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Noah Lenstra | Posted on May 1, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic creates a new normal in communities across the country, park and recreation agencies and public libraries have deepened their partnership to ensure they're serving every member of the community.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: April 29 - May 1 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on May 1, 2020
Park and recreation leaders are developing plans for the reopening of their facilities and programs as conditions permit, with most expected to follow a phased opening strategy. In this Parks Snapshot, we explore the most commonly cited amenities and program offerings anticipated to be part of the first phase of reopening.
Older Americans Month 2020: Make Your Mark
By Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on April 30, 2020
As we look to recognize and celebrate older adults this May, we must acknowledge the current state of our nation as we continue to grapple with the impacts of COVID-19 and identify ways to keep our communities healthy.
Celebrating the Vital Importance of Parks During World Parks Week
By Kristine Stratton, NRPA President and CEO | Posted on April 29, 2020
Even though our current reality prevents us from gathering, it doesn’t stop us from finding new ways to enjoy nature and it certainly doesn’t stop us from showing our respect for those who protect and maintain our natural spaces.
Help! Working From Home Is Stressing Me Out!
By Michael A. Mulvaney | Posted on April 28, 2020
In parks and recreation where face-to-face interactions are the norm, requiring professionals suddenly to work remotely for an indefinite amount of time, in physically isolated environments, is not without challenges. These tips will help you maximize your potential within these work-from-home environments while reducing your stress and maintaining your overall health.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: April 22-24 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on April 24, 2020
This week, for the first time since conducting the NRPA Parks Snapshot survey, we looked at the status of campgrounds, as well as future plans for reopening parks and facilities.
Virtual In-Service: What it Means and How it Works
By Adam Thompson, CPRP | Posted on April 23, 2020
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is continuing its weekly in-service requirements in order to maintain communication with aquatics staff and maintain lifeguard requirements for both the Texas Public Pool Code and their internal policy.
Farmers Markets and COVID-19
By Maureen Acquino | Posted on April 23, 2020
Although not deemed essential in every community, many areas of the country are prioritizing access to farmers markets and encouraging community members that eating healthy, fresh foods is a large part of staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Importance of Collaboration During COVID-19 — May Bonus Episode
By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on April 23, 2020
On this month’s bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we talk with three park and recreation leaders from the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., about their collaborative response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how they’ve navigated the tough decisions they’ve had to make.
Centering Health Equity in COVID-19 Response and Recovery Plans
By NRPA's Health and Wellness Team | Posted on April 23, 2020
While COVID-19 has impacted each one of us, it’s well known that certain populations have been more severely affected — people aged 65+, people experiencing homelessness, and people with underlying chronic diseases including diabetes, obesity, asthma and heart disease. However, these are not the only groups at a higher risk of being impacted by COVID-19.
Six Ways Parks and Recreation Is Celebrating Earth Day
By Cort Jones and Audrey Fox | Posted on April 22, 2020
Since 1970, the world has celebrated Earth Day on April 22, but this year, because of physical distancing guidelines and many people self-isolating at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, park and recreation agencies all over the country have developed creative ways to celebrate virtually and safely.
Safely Celebrate Earth Day with Parks and Recreation — Episode 064
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 21, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by three dedicated and creative staff members of the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department in Ohio to talk about the virtual Earth Day celebrations they have planned so their community can safely learn more about the environment around them and how to protect it.
Supporting Older Adults During COVID-19
By Julie S. Son, Ph.D., Stephanie West, Ph.D., Megan C. Janke, Ph.D., Toni Liechty, Ph.D., and Jill Naar, Ph.D. | Posted on April 20, 2020
How do you stay engaged with your older adult population now that many people are sheltering-in-place due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are some dos and some don’ts.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: April 15-17 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on April 17, 2020
Among the findings in this week's NRPA Parks Snapshot, nearly half of all park and recreation agencies have received requests to make cuts to their current fiscal year budget, while 31 percent of agencies are already making cuts to the next fiscal year’s budget.
Clarifications Issued on Child Nutrition Programs
By Maureen Acquino | Posted on April 16, 2020
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service's new guidance is designed to answer outstanding questions regarding pandemic meal service and ensure that all kids in your community have access to healthy, nutritious daily meals.
Substance Use in Parks and Recreation: Addressing Other Substances
By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on April 15, 2020
As NRPA explores the role of parks and recreation in the opioid crisis, we must recognize and address the reality that other substances, like tobacco and marijuana, are being used on park grounds and/or around facilities, as well.
Aquatics Programming Goes Digital
By Emily Randell, CPRP, AFO, LGI, and Kate Connell, CPRP, AFO, LGIT, WSIT | Posted on April 14, 2020
With pools, beaches and water parks closed across the country, aquatic professionals are turning to digital platforms to reach their regular patrons and broaden their reach as advocates for safety and inclusive water recreation.
BioBlitz Moves to September but Pollinator Awareness Can Continue at Home
By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on April 14, 2020
Originally scheduled for June 2020, NRPA's Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz will be pushed back to September 2020 to ensure communities across the country can participate.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: April 8-10 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on April 10, 2020
Among the findings in this week's NRPA Parks Snapshot, less than half of park and recreation agencies (44 percent) continue to keep their dog parks open during the COVID-19 pandemic, while 54 percent of agencies have closed all of their dog parks.
“In-Home Recreation” Helps People in Whitemarsh Township Continue to Play
By Thomas J. Blomstrom | Posted on April 9, 2020
With the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic, park and recreation agencies - like the Whitemarsh Township Parks and Recreation Department - are coming up with innovative solutions to keep their communities healthy, active, engaged and connected.
Be a 2020 NRPA Annual Conference Speaker — Why Not?
By Marhonda Williams, CPRP | Posted on April 9, 2020
If you know you have the gift of connecting with people and have a passion you are willing to share, Marhonda Williams, CPRP, encourages you to give Speed Sessions at the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference a try!
A Park Planner’s Perspective on the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Clement Lau | Posted on April 8, 2020
These are challenging times. But, according to Clement Lau, departmental facilities planner for the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, a crisis is also an opportunity to reexamine current practices and contemplate new ideas.
Self-Care in Uncertain Times: Boosting Staff Morale and Managing Stress During COVID-19
By Lauren Kiefert and Maureen Acquino | Posted on April 7, 2020
During these unprecedented times – when worry is high and staff morale can be low – it’s important to take care of ourselves and our teams.
Celebrating 150 Years of Golden Gate Park, Virtually — Episode 063
By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on April 7, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we're joined by Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, to talk about how his agency had to get creative in order to bring Golden Gate Park's 150th birthday celebration to people virtually.
CDC’s Face Covering Recommendation — Implications for Parks and Recreation
By Allison Colman | Posted on April 6, 2020
To further slow the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations regarding the use of cloth face coverings over the weekend.
Tips for Helping Older Adults Maintain Good Health at Home
By NRPA's Healthy Aging in Parks Team | Posted on April 3, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many park and recreation agencies to move their programs online. With this in mind, NRPA's Healthy Aging in Parks team has put together these tips for helping you further your virtual older adult programs.
NRPA Parks Snapshot: April 1-3 Survey Results
By Kevin Roth | Posted on April 3, 2020
The NRPA Parks Snapshot provides the latest data on how park and recreation leaders from across the country are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the findings this week, 91 percent of park and recreation agencies have closed their playgrounds.
$227 Million to Support Outdoor Recreation through LWCF
By Kyle Simpson | Posted on April 3, 2020
During this difficult time when so many of you are being asked to do more with less, we have received a bit of good news for park projects in the form of state allocations from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
How to Communicate to Your Public About Safe Use of Parks
By Roxanne Sutton | Posted on April 1, 2020
We’ve seen numerous examples of how recommendations, closures and restrictions are being communicated across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve collected those ideas and distilled them into best practices for the broader parks and recreation community.
NRPA’s Inaugural Parks Snapshot: How Parks and Recreation Is Confronting COVID-19
By Kevin Roth | Posted on March 27, 2020
NRPA recently conducted its inaugural Parks Snapshot survey to learn how park and recreation leaders from across the country are confronting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Protecting Child Health and Wellbeing During COVID-19
By Allison Colman | Posted on March 26, 2020
As families and communities around the world experience added stress attributed to the crisis, there are some practical steps that park and recreation professionals and parents and caregivers can take to protect children, monitor child health, maintain routines and minimize the mental health impacts.
What Does #PhysicalDistancingInParks Look Like?
By Rachel Banner | Posted on March 26, 2020
As we learn to navigate these uncertain times, we've compiled photos that help show what healthy physical distancing in parks looks like.
How Parks Can Ensure Fireflies Continue to Shine Bright — April Bonus Episode
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on March 26, 2020
The April issue of Parks & Recreation magazine is out now, and on this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re diving deeper into the feature article, “Can Parks Help Save Fireflies?”
Resources to Engage Families Through Wellness and Nature
By Daniel W. Hatcher | Posted on March 25, 2020
Here are a few simple, inclusive and intergenerational resources from Alliance for a Healthier Generation, designed to keep your communities growing and thriving.
Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Park and Recreation Sites That Operate USDA Child Nutrition Programs
By Maureen Acquino | Posted on March 25, 2020
As park and recreation professionals continue to play a huge role in providing healthy meals to children in communities across the country, we encourage you to review the latest information to ensure you have what you need to continue to support community-wide health.
Tips From NRPA’s Conservation Team During the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Karl Schrass | Posted on March 25, 2020
NRPA’s conservation team has put together a list of resources to help you and your family learn, appreciate and find comfort in your local community of living things during this uncertain time.
The Importance of Mentoring in Parks and Recreation — Episode 062
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on March 24, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we discuss how park and recreation professionals are serving as mentors and the one caring adult for children who experience adversity and trauma in their households or community.
Something Positive Amid the Chaos
By Allison Colman | Posted on March 23, 2020
These are the three things that stick out to Allison Colman, NRPA's Director of Health, as unintended benefits that the COVID-19 outbreak may have brought our way.
Access to Parks and the Outdoors is Crucial for Mental Health in Our Communities
By Teresa L. Penbrooke, PhD, CPRE | Posted on March 20, 2020
Research over the years has shown that when people are more stressed, anxious and socially isolated, as we are right now due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, having access to parks, trails and natural areas becomes even more important.
This Is Going to Leave a Mark
By Tim Herd, CPRE | Posted on March 19, 2020
With the disruptive shift in our society from the COVID-19 pandemic comes a series of thought-provoking considerations to re-establishing our community values and our professional accountability.
Park and Recreation Agencies Step Up to Provide Meals During COVID-19 Pandemic
By Maureen Acquino | Posted on March 19, 2020
As schools close across the country, it’s become glaringly apparent just how many kids rely on schools to serve them healthy, fresh meals daily. Without access to school meals, what happens to those kids?
Keeping a Safe Physical Distance in Parks and on Trails During the COVID-19 Pandemic
By Richard J. Dolesh and Allison Colman | Posted on March 16, 2020
If areas of parks and trails are allowed to remain open and public use is not restricted by other governmental direction during the COVID-19 outbreak, NRPA offers guidance on several issues that may arise as a result of continuing public use of parks and trails.
COVID-19 and Older Adults: Assisting Our Most Vulnerable Population
By Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on March 16, 2020
Although your facilities may already be closed or will close soon due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you can still support the older adult population in your community by calming their concerns and fears and letting them know ways they can remain healthy during this time.
FEMA Emergency Declaration: Public Assistance for COVID-19 Financial Impacts
By Cort Jones | Posted on March 16, 2020
Many park and recreation agencies are heeding the CDC's guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak and canceling or postponing events and activities for at least the next couple of weeks. This leads to a question many agencies are facing: What will the financial implications be on parks and recreation budgets?
Urban Park and Recreation Leaders Discuss Rapidly Evolving Impacts of the Coronavirus Pandemic
By Richard J. Dolesh | Posted on March 13, 2020
NRPA recently convened a group of urban park and recreation directors to discuss how the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is affecting their cities, and how each of their lessons-learned so far could help inform each other and other park and recreation professionals to prepare and take action when needed.
COVID-19 Guidance for Park and Recreation Sites That Operate USDA Child Nutrition Programs
By Allison Colman | Posted on March 12, 2020
As we hear about more and more schools closing across the country due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), there are many ways park and recreation agencies and their partners can help to mitigate the impact on families that rely on school meals.
COVID-19 in Parks and Recreation: Supporting Community Health and Wellbeing During an Outbreak
By NRPA's Health and Wellness Team | Posted on March 12, 2020
NRPA’s health and wellness team has compiled a list of health tips that park and recreation professionals can share with their communities to keep people moving, eating healthy, focusing on mental health and wellbeing, getting enough sleep and boosting immunity during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
Breaking Down the Stigma of Substance Use
By Lauren Kiefert | Posted on March 11, 2020
One vital way in which park and recreation professionals can respond to the rising rates of substance use disorder and mental health conditions is by focusing on breaking down the stigma around them.
How Park and Recreation Leaders are Addressing Coronavirus — Episode 61
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on March 10, 2020
On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we’re joined by three park and recreation leaders from across the country who are actively addressing issues related to the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
My Journey to Becoming a CPRE
By Nicole Ginger, MAEA, CPRE | Posted on March 9, 2020
As someone who has been teaching the Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) prep course since 2009, Nicole Ginger's journey to becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) came as a surprise - even to her.
Calling All Pollinator Lovers: Host a BioBlitz This September
By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on March 6, 2020
By hosting a Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz, you can help promote pollinator awareness and engage your local community in a pollinator-focused activity.
Coronavirus: What Impact Will COVID-19 Have on Parks and Recreation?
By Richard J. Dolesh and Allison Colman | Posted on March 4, 2020
Park and recreation professionals are seeking answers to key questions as they move into a response and prevention mode in the coming days and weeks, especially in communities that are starting to document confirmed cases of COVID-19.
A Blueprint for Social Equity and Economic Prosperity — March Bonus Episode
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on February 27, 2020
On this bonus episode of Open Space Radio, we’re talking with Susan Trautman, CEO of Great Rivers Greenway, about the Chouteau Greenway in St. Louis — a $250 million greenway development project that spans 15 miles and 20 neighborhoods, with the goal of connecting communities and unifying different populations.
Choose to Be Great — Become a CPRE
By Doug Guild, CPRE | Posted on February 26, 2020
Becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE) is the highest level of certification a park and recreation professional can reach - here's why Doug Guild, Parks Superintendent for the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department, decided to get this certification.
Equipping Park and Rec Professionals with Master Planning Tool for Developing Inclusive Spaces
By Rachel Banner | Posted on February 25, 2020
To assist park and recreation professionals in the development of equity-based system plans, NRPA has released a new online tool — Creating Equity-Based System Master Plans.
Cultivating a New Generation of Diverse Environmental Leaders — Episode 060
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on February 25, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Angelou Ezeilo, founder and CEO of Greening Youth Foundation, about her lifelong pursuit of inclusion and equity in conservation and environmental stewardship, and the need to cultivate the next generation of diverse environmental leaders.
How to Prepare Your Camp for Emergencies
By Michelle Kasmierski | Posted on February 24, 2020
Whether a program participant trips and falls during an activity, experiences an allergic reaction to a bee sting, or there’s a flood or fire in the community center, having personal information available helps staff respond quickly and effectively.
When It Comes to Advocacy, It's All About Who You Know
By Kyle Simpson | Posted on February 20, 2020
Imagine how powerful it would be if NRPA staff knew about the relationships you had with members of Congress and could leverage them to create a more impactful dialogue between park and recreation professionals and legislators. Now there's a way to do just that.
Help Fireflies Before They’re Gone in a Flash
By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on February 19, 2020
There are 2,000 firefly species across the world, and 200 live here in the United States. But sadly, their species is declining. Here's how you can help.
A Closer Look at the RWJF-NRPA Health Equity Award
By Suzanne Nathan | Posted on February 13, 2020
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)-NRPA Award for Health Equity recognizes an individual, or team of no more than two individuals, who has successfully implemented a systems change approach to reduce health disparities in their community within the past two years.
CPRP Certification: Find Your Why
By Luke Bolinger, CPRP | Posted on February 12, 2020
Why become a Certified Park and Recreation Professional? For Luke Bolinger, CPRP, it is to provide people with experiences like he had as a kid and young adult right in the community he serves — and learn to do it better.
Helping Older Adults Get Active and Form Social Connections
By Lesha Spencer-Brown, MPH, CPH | Posted on February 11, 2020
Since 2013, NRPA, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been providing funding to local park and recreation agencies to support the delivery of three evidence-based chronic disease prevention and management programs.
How Park and Recreation Professionals Are Agents of Change — Episode 059
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on February 10, 2020
On today’s episode of Open Space Radio, we sit down with Kristine Stratton, NRPA President and CEO, and Neelay Bhatt, Vice President at PROS Consulting Inc, to discuss their presentation at the Agents of Change Summit this week.
The Naloxone Debate — To Carry or Not to Carry
By Allison Colman | Posted on February 6, 2020
Despite recommendations from our nation’s top public health officials, the decision for park and recreation professionals to carry naloxone - an opioid overdose reversal medication - remains debatable and somewhat contentious across the field for a variety of reasons.
Attend the NRPA Annual Conference as a Fellowship or Scholarship Recipient
By Suzanne Nathan | Posted on February 4, 2020
Did you know NRPA's Young Professional Fellowships, Diversity Scholarships and Student Scholarships allow eligible NRPA members to attend the NRPA Annual Conference, all expenses paid?
Western Monarchs: Just Hanging on by a Limb
By Michele White, CAE, IOM | Posted on January 31, 2020
In 2019, the western monarch count was less than 30,000 — similar to the year before — which is 1 percent of their original historical levels. This is a cause for great concern.
Park Professionals Thank Their Mentors, Have You?
By Jennifer Fulcher-Nguyen | Posted on January 30, 2020
January 30 was #ThankYourMentor day, and we celebrated by taking a look back on the messages some of our social media followers had for their mentors.
How Earning Your CPRP Helps You Step Up Your Professional Game
By Lauren Eck, CPRP | Posted on January 28, 2020
Obtaining this invaluable credential in the park and recreation field is a great way to refine your knowledge, further your career and stay committed to the profession.
Turning Impossible Situations Into Opportunities — Episode 058
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on January 28, 2020
What started as a way for Jessica to cope with her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s has turned into multiple programs and cross-department partnerships that are enriching an entire community and making it safer.
What Does It Take to Be a Courageous Leader? — February Bonus Episode
By Roxanne Sutton and Cort Jones | Posted on January 23, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Jamie Sabbach, president and CEO of 110% Inc. and Amilia Consulting USA, about true courageous leadership and why it is so important to park and recreation professionals.
Challenges Faced by Small Park Districts
By Michael McCann, MS | Posted on January 21, 2020
Navigating the challenges of a small park district is well worth it when staff is able to experience the impact they make on their communities.
Pursuing the Dream Where Everyone Can Thrive
By Allison Colman | Posted on January 17, 2020
This year Martin Luther King, Jr. Day marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service, observed as “a day on, not a day off.” On this day — and all days in our profession — let’s remember the many things we do to serve our communities, and let’s strive to do even more to make King’s dream, and our dream, a reality.
New Year, New Webinars, New Leaders: 10 Minute Walk Learning Series
By Jared Mummert | Posted on January 17, 2020
In 2020, we’ll be building on our momentum with new webinar topics and new 10 Minute Walk Network leadership.
The Future of Adaptive Programming — Episode 057
By Cort Jones and Roxanne Sutton | Posted on January 16, 2020
On this episode of Open Space Radio, we chat with Julianne Mills of Disabled Sports USA to find out how they're improving the lives of wounded warriors, youth and adults with disabilities by providing sports and recreation opportunities.
Becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional
By Anthony Iracki, CPRP | Posted on January 16, 2020
For Anthony Iracki, becoming a CPRP is a personal commitment to the field and to serving his community at large.
The Opposite of Addiction Is Not Sobriety, It’s Connection
By Cassie Pais | Posted on January 10, 2020
Park and recreation professionals have a clear role to play in addressing the opioid epidemic by leveraging their strengths to foster connections, supporting people experiencing adversity and trauma, and creating positive experiences for our communities.
Supporting Families Through Healthy Eating
By Daniel W. Hatcher | Posted on January 9, 2020
As we begin 2020, here are three resources from Healthier Generation’s new Eating Healthy at Home campaign.